Riley Zink

Return to: ETAP 623 Fall 2020 (Zhang) | Flexible Seating in Elementary School


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About Me

Hi, My name is Riley Zink and this is my first semester of grad school at University at Albany, SUNY. I am enrolled in the Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology Program. I live near Saratoga Springs, NY which is located right outside of Albany. I just graduated in May of 2020 with my Bachelors of Science in Childhood Education. I am currently teaching 2nd grade in a local school district!

In my free time I enjoy being with my two dogs and hanging out with friends and family.

My Topic and Purpose

The purpose of this mini course is to address the idea of flexible seating in an elementary school classroom. Often we find that younger grades in school students have a lot of energy and trouble sitting still. If you see this in your classroom flexible seating could be for you! Flexible seating has been new addition to the classroom which helps students get to move around and help them better focus. There is a wide range of ways that you can incorporate flexible seating into your class keep clicking if you would like to learn more!

Scope of Learning Outcomes and Content

1. Define what flexible seating is in a classroom grades K-5

2. Why you should add flexible seating to your classroom?

3. The benefits you will see in your elementary grade classroom

4. The challenges you could face when having flexible seating in your classroom

Looking to Reach Teachers, educators and parents

Needs Assessment

The problem: Many students often struggle to sit still in a classroom causing them to lose focus while in school. When talking to teachers they express the struggle of not having flexible seating or different seating areas for their students. Often times it is due to money and lack of knowledge about all of the different types of flexible seating that has been created.

The solution:

  • Educate elementary schools on how beneficial flexible seating can be for students
  • Educate teachers and other education personal on different types of flexible seating
  • Talk about and elaborate to people on flexible seating
  • Encourage schools to supply more flexible seating

Analysis of the Learner and Context

Learners: The learners who will be looking at this mini course are elementary school teachers who are looking to do new things in their classroom.


Instructional Context: Learners will be able to do this mini course completely online. They will be able to see pictures, watch videos and read articles all about flexible seating.

Performance-Based Objectives

1. Understanding how flexible seating fits in the whole context of classroom management and culture building

2. Determine students who may benefit from flexible seating

3. Learning outcomes to see how effective flexible seating is for students

4. Explain how flexible seating can help so many kids

5. Create examples of flexible seating in your own classroom

Course Lessons

Elaborate and analyze the objectives to identify more specific enabling and supporting objectives.


This mini-course includes the following lesson. Click the title of a lesson to go to its page.

Lesson 1: What is flexible seating?
This lesson covers the basis of what flexible seating is in a classroom. It shows you about what the different types of flexible seating that you can include from basic to more complex.

Objectives Participants will be able define flexible seating.

Lesson 2: The Benefits of Flexible Seating
This lesson covers the benefits of using flexible seating. It is not just the students who move around in their seats who flexible seating can help but also gifted children. Flexible seating lends itself to all students in a classroom and benefits them in more ways than most people know.

Objectives Participants will identify and describe the benefits of flexible seating being added to your classroom. Participants will understand how flexible will effect instruction.

Lesson 3: Implementation of Flexible Seating
This lesson will focus on the classroom management needed to incorporate flexible seating.


Objectives Participants will describe positive examples of flexible seating. Participants will be able to explain how flexible seating effects

Curriculum Map

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References and Resources

Colorful Flexible Seating Examples: Flexible seating classroom, Classroom seating, Flexible seating. (n.d.). Retrieved December 07, 2020, from https://www.pinterest.com/pin/423971752411388680/

Fultz, C. (2020, July 24). Flexible Seating in Elementary Classrooms. Retrieved December 07, 2020, from https://teacherstoolkitblog.com/2020/02/flexible-seating.html

Specialty, S. (2020, May 14). 10 Tips for Implementing Flexible Seating. Retrieved December 08, 2020, from https://blog.schoolspecialty.com/10-tips-for-implementing-flexible-seating/

Top 10 Benefits of a Flexible-Seating Classroom. (2019, November 13). Retrieved December 07, 2020, from https://smithsystem.com/smithfiles/2019/05/21/top-10-benefits-flexible-seating-classroom/

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